Deer Creek Church Updates 
October 2022

Ministry Updates:

Men's Service Day
On Saturday, October 22nd over 50 guys from Deer Creek went and served with our local ministry partner Love Inc. They helped with yard work, cleaning out a storage closet, and made repairs at Renewed Treasures. Thank you to all of the men who were involved.

We have a women's service day coming up on November 12th. You can register here:

Learn more about opportunities to serve at Deer Creek or with organizations in the Littleton area by going to
Congregational Meeting Update
At our congregational meeting on Sunday, September 11th the congregation voted 108 in favor and 4 against to make Daniel Nealon our next Senior Pastor. On October 6th this decision was affirmed at a meeting of our presbytery. Daniel will officially be installed in this role following Duane's retirement.

We also voted to ordain four new church officers. Derek Peters and Brian Szilagyi are now serving as elders. Terry Bate and Ashley Wenger are now active as deacons.

Finally we installed David Rapp and Chad Donohoe as our new Assistant Pastors. 
Retirement Celebration Weekend
We will celebrate Duane and Holly with a church wide retirement reception on Friday, December 2nd at Deer Creek Church.  Everyone is invited! You can find more details and register here:

Then on December 4th we will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Deer Creek Church and Duane will preach his last sermon as our Senior Pastor.

Missions Update:

Englewood and DU Area Church Plant Interest Meetings
We hosted two church plant interest meetings on October 9th. Around 35 people attended the meetings. JP and Carrie Ann Watson were able to share more about need for church planting, the Englewood area, their plans, and ways that people can get involved.

If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to hear more, you can reach out to JP via email at

Please be in prayer for the church plant. They are planning to launch next Fall.

Finance Updates: 

Giving Through October (budget year started July 1st):
Budgeted Giving $290,636
Actual Giving: $303,454
Spending: $331,736
Benevolence Funds Distributed: $4,174
Notes:  Our budget year runs from July-June. Our planned spending this year is more front-loaded to the first half of the budget year. Spending is actually 5%  behind where we expected it to be. 

Thank you to everyone who gives faithfully to the ministry of Deer Creek Church. This work would not be possible without you!
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)

The finance team would like to make everyone aware of the benefits of Qualified Charitable Distributions.

"A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year, as long as certain rules are met. In addition to the benefits of giving to charity, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare."

You can read more at:

Contact your tax and investment professionals for more information .